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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Humanitarian crisis, part 5

The poor, starving and cash-strapped Palestinian Arabs know where their priorities are.

You can almost hear their conversations....

"Do we buy food for our people? Do we pay their 'salaries'? Do we put money into venture capital, or our universities, or R&D?

"No, in a time of severely limited budget problems, we need to buy telescopic sights with infrared markers for our M-16s first."
Hundreds of combat support items were found Tuesday morning in a shipping container sent from China to the Gaza Strip. Customs officers at the Ashdod Port made the discovery while scanning the container.

The container's importers said their shipment includes sewing notions, hats and clocks. Customs officers however confiscated 300 telescopes, some of which have sights and infrared markers for long-range targets.

"We are speaking of a quantity that could upgrade the fighting capability of a whole brigade in the Palestinian Authority security forces. A telescope of this kind, fitted on an M-16 rifle, for example, improves the death ability of the weapon," customs officials said.

(Previous "Humanitarian Crisis" articles here, here and here.)